AmeriCorps: The Backbone of One Truckee River

AmeriCorps: The Backbone of One Truckee River

Efforts, Staff
We've made no secret about how awesome are stakeholders are. The One Truckee River Partnership is made up of representatives from a wide variety of local businesses, agencies, and jurisdictions who've made some really great leaps and bounds for the Truckee River. But where would we be without the day-to-day work? What about those who are working behind the scenes to lay foundations for bigger things to come? One Truckee River began and continues with the help of AmeriCorps. Uhhh, AmeriCorps? (The 'p' is silent, folks!) What the heck is that? Allow this video to explain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgdRkzLKlPM One Truckee River utilized the AmeriCorps program since day one. In May 2015, Alex Hoeft helped lift OTR off the ground through communications and outreach. She created the website you're reading this on,…
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Dam It All: the Beaver’s DIY Guide to Winter Survival

Dam It All: the Beaver’s DIY Guide to Winter Survival

Wildlife
Dam, dam, dam! via GIPHY This is the mantra that fills a beaver’s mind when the autumn air starts to chill and the days start to shorten. For the beaver’s adaptation to winter, survival is not, like most, to hibernate or migrate. No, the industrious beaver’s solution is to engineer the ultimate winter shelter and, you guessed it, it involves a dam. In this, the third of our winter wildlife series, we bring you the beaver’s DIY guide to winter survival in 5 easy steps. Step 1: Buy the necessary tools Well, if you’re a beaver, you can skip this step. Lucky for them, they are born with all the tools necessary to build the ultimate winter shelter - their bare hands and their teeth! Beavers' paws are especially adapted…
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Sparks Marina: A Glo-up Tale for the Ages

Sparks Marina: A Glo-up Tale for the Ages

River History, Truckee River Watershed
From rock quarry to Toxic Superfund site to ideal work-play-live bubble, the Sparks Marina has seen it all. Photo courtesy Flickr user Janusz Sobolewski Sparks Marina is such a delightful destination today, it's hard to believe it wasn't always so picturesque. Actually, forget picturesque; once upon a time, Sparks Marina was a 100-foot-deep quarry pit known as Helms Pit. (See a picture of the pit here.) From 1968 until 1987, Helms Pit provided rock for road and construction projects in the area. In the final functioning year, however, City of Sparks officials found petroleum products seeping through the southwest walls of the pit. It turned out there'd been a spill at the fuel-tank farm one mile away and its contamination had spread. Thus, the pit was dubbed a Toxic Superfund site (meaning the hazardous materials needed a long-term cleanup response) and a large cleanup was initiated. Finally,…
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New Year, New Me, No More Plastic

New Year, New Me, No More Plastic

Efforts, Truckee River Watershed
Look around you.... There are probably numerous plastic objects surrounding you right now. Since its invention in the late 19th century, plastics have only become more and more prolific in our lives. Furniture, technology, packaging, containers, many of our gadgets and gizmos -- so many of them are made of this infamous synthetic material. Plastic: what is it exactly? Plastics are a Synthetic Material: fibers made from synthesized polymers of small molecules. Basically, this means plastics are a man-made material that is created in labs. Specifically, plastic is created using carbon found in oil. Scientists can combine many different monomers from oil and other naturally occurring materials to create plastic polymers. This is why we see so many different types of plastic. Why is everyone telling me to reduce my plastic…
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New Year’s Party Quiz: Test Your Hibernation Savvy

New Year’s Party Quiz: Test Your Hibernation Savvy

Wildlife
How do wildlife celebrate the New Years? Well, it goes something like this….10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, zzzzzzz. Yes, that’s right - they’re sleeping! Hibernating Fox by Carrie Jensen When it comes to the New Year, we humans have a rather strange way of celebrating. We go out in the freezing cold, party horns in one hand and libations in the other, to wait for a huge ball to drop out of the sky and announce midnight with a big bang and fireworks; meanwhile, the rest of the natural world is hiding away inside cozy dens hibernating and waiting for a more sensible time to celebrate - spring! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9FXdLcrkss In this, the second of our winter wildlife series, we will be exploring the wonders of…
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The Cold Shouldn’t Bother You Anyway: Enjoying the Truckee River During the Winter

The Cold Shouldn’t Bother You Anyway: Enjoying the Truckee River During the Winter

One River
We came up with some different ways to spend time along the Truckee River even when the temperature is below freezing. So curl up by your fireplace and take notes! Just because it's ~freezing~ outside doesn't mean you can't enjoy the Truckee River. Whether you want to sit in your car with the heat cranked while parked at Wingfield and watch locals brave the cold OR you're out there in the thick of it, twirling along the Legacy Trail and happily catching snowflakes on your tongue, the Truckee is a source to cherish year-round. Your Way is Paved Many trails along the Truckee River are consistently cleared of snow, so your morning walk is still possible! Enjoy the snow-muted sounds of the city or the wild along trails like the Truckee River…
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A Guide to Making Your Cleaning Greener, Cheaper, and More River Friendly

A Guide to Making Your Cleaning Greener, Cheaper, and More River Friendly

Efforts, Truckee River Watershed
If you’re having trouble connecting the Truckee River and your at-home cleaning tendencies, you’re not the first and you’re not alone. In this post, we’ll break it down for you. First: How do my cleaning supplies even enter the river? This is best explained with an example. Let’s say you’re cleaning your toilet or rinsing out a sponge, all of that watery cleaning residue is going to drain down your sink into the sewers, and then head to a wastewater treatment plant. This is where all of the water is cleaned and disinfected before being reintroduced to the Truckee River. However, as advanced as wastewater treatment has become, many chemicals remain challenging to remove entirely and some will still end up in our waterways. This includes both nitrogen and phosphorus.…
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5 Fun Facts About Mule Deer

5 Fun Facts About Mule Deer

Wildlife
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, but do you recall your local mule deer at all? In this winter wildlife blog series, we’ll be exploring some fun facts about the wildlife that live in our watershed and how they adapt to winter conditions. We’re kicking things off with 5 fun facts about Rudolph’s local cousin, the mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus). Courtesy Kelsey Fitzgerald, Truckee River Guide #1: They have really big ears! Mule deer may not have Rudolph’s red nose, but they do have an equally distinct characteristic - their big ears, which is why they’re called “mule” deer. They also have a black-tipped tail, which makes them easy to distinguish from whitetail deer. #2: Their antlers can grow up to ¼” per day. Just like reindeer,…
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Some of Truckee Meadows Regional Efforts to Address Homelessness and Lack of Affordable Housing in 2018/19

Some of Truckee Meadows Regional Efforts to Address Homelessness and Lack of Affordable Housing in 2018/19

Efforts
A compilation of regional updates provided by One Truckee River's Partnership Coordinator, Iris, and the 2018 Housing and Sanitation Working Group: Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (NNAMHS) Campus: Washoe County is working to develop the NNAMHS Campus to serve 200+ currently homeless women, children, families, elderly, and pregnant women. If successful, this will open up space at the Volunteers of America (VOA) shelter for currently homeless men. The county anticipates opening this facility in the summer of 2019. The image to the left was part of a larger presentation (linked here) given to the Washoe County Commissioners on October 9, 2018 by Amber Howell, Washoe County Director of Social Services.  Case Managers: Washoe County currently supports three case managers in the region, and hopes to add six more for a total of nine case managers in the region. The county pays each collaborative agency $80,000 per case manager. The county is working to secure $480,000 within the current fiscal year to add six more case managers by June 2019.   Community Housing Land Trust: In…
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Election Day: Share Your Voice

Election Day: Share Your Voice

Around the Country, Efforts
November 6 is an important day this year. As many radio, TV, and social media ads may have told you, the 2018 election is taking place. Regardless of your race, gender, education level, job, etc., it is an incredible opportunity to cast your vote based on who/what you believe to be correct and fair. We encourage you to look up your voting location here and cast your vote on Election Day! Where We Stand: One Truckee River is a partnership made up of over 130 stakeholders banding together to protect, celebrate and promote the Truckee River. Our stakeholders are representatives of local businesses, agencies, organizations or private citizens, and there are many varying opinions among them. One thing our stakeholders agree on, however, is our One Truckee River Management Plan.…
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